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August 2008
News Flash
Upcoming Events
August 21 & 28

when: 8:15pm
where: 4th Floor Rooftop
Westin Bonaventure
404 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
price: FREE
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Making Strange
Rooftop Sci-Fi Films @ The Westin Bonaventure

To celebrate the launch of its 18th issue, the contemporary art journal Afterall presents Making Strange, a three-week rooftop series of Sci-Fi inspired films and artists’ videos screened atop the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Downtown Los Angeles from August 14th through the 28th.

In this season of summer blockbusters, the series presents low-fi cult features and artists’ videos that use elements of science fiction to cast new light on earthly struggles and everyday phenomena. The title, Making Strange, refers to the artistic concept of ostranenie, or defamiliarization, through which unremarkably common occurrences are made to appear unknown or strange, heightening one’s perception of the familiar. Outer space appears as a metaphor for psychological inner space, post-apocalyptic futures and interplanetary utopias are imagined through the quotidian lens of social progress, and android life reflects human dysfunction on Earth.

All screenings are FREE and begin at dusk. Blankets or pillows are encouraged, as seating will be limited.

Thursday, August 21
– Joan Jonas’s Double Lunar Dogs (1984, 24 min.)
– George Kuchar’s Ascension of the Demonoids (1985, 46 min.)
– Mike Kuchar’s Sins of the Fleshapoids (1965, 43 min.)

Thursday, August 28
– John Coney’s Space is the Place (1974, 82 min.)
– Preceded by other short films TBD

– $25 Hotel valet
– $10 Self-parking (with validation) at City National Garage
Across street at 400 S. Flower St.
Sky bridge to Bonaventure on the 4th floor
Pick up validation at registration table
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